The ERV may not be as ubiquitous a piece of equipment as a central air conditioner or furnace, though it is becoming more and more popular in homes throughout the country. That is due to the fact that an ERV, or energy recovery ventilator, is one of the best ways in which to strike a harmonious balance between the indoor air quality in one’s home, along with energy-efficient cooling performance.
When you cool your home during our long, hot summers, or run your heater on the occasional chilly night, you shouldn’t have to choose between air quality and efficiency. When you use an energy recovery ventilator in Miami, FL, you won’t have to.
How Does Energy Recovery Work, and What Are Its Benefits?
An energy recovery ventilator is a mechanical ventilation system designed to help homeowners keep the air in their homes fresh, without wasting the energy that they’ve used to condition that air. During the summer season, for instance, you probably keep your home sealed up quite tightly as you run your air conditioner around the clock. This only makes sense, as you don’t want the heat from outside forcing its way into your home and driving up your cooling costs. The problem is that this is terrible for your indoor air quality.
Whether you are heating or cooling your home, you are going to need to ventilate your living space to keep air quality high. The ERV will vent stale, but cool, air out of your home. As that air stream passes by the incoming fresh, but hot, air, it absorbs that air’s heat, effectively pre-cooling it. Humidity is also balanced to optimize air quality. Now, your AC won’t have to work nearly as hard as it would to cool air that just came in through open windows. The system can do much the same during our mild winter months, using outgoing warm air to take the chill out of the air coming in.
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